Hotel Photography at Penally Abbey, Wales
‘We’re not hoteliers,’ says Lucas Boissevain, who together with his wife Melanie bought Penally Abbey in Tenby, West Wales in 2014. Well, strictly speaking they are not. You wouldn’t know it though as you watch them buzz around the place dealing with staff, sorting menus, charming their guests. In just eight months, they’ve transformed what was a slightly tired hotel into a gorgeous boutique retreat. It helps that Melanie is an interior designer while Lucas knows all there is to know about business. It helps too that they have one of the most beautiful buildings in the area crammed with Strawberry Hill Gothic features and boasting (to use an estate agent’s favourite word) heart-stopping views to Caldey Island and the Gower. Who needs hoteliers!
The fabulous chefs, Steve Carss and Tom Green (The Flavour Smith) cooked up a storm at Chateau Rigaud this weekend, the sun shone and the wine flowed (thanks to Anna and Abe, who are opening their new restaurant in Bradford on Avon soon… watch this space). A brilliant time was had by all…
Tom Green abd Steve Carrs, deadly duo…
Happy Easter!.. this photograph was taken in the lovely Garfagnana; a hidden gem in Tuscany… not far from Lucca, it’s the wild hill country North of Florence, Lucca, and Pisa… dramatic mountainous scenery, hearty food and amazing views…
Easter in the Garfagnana, Italy
The Magnolias are in full flower… great big weird flowers with an improbable colour and appearance (the flowers are too big for the twigs they sit on, surely?). I love this time of year and these trees always make me want to whizz down the motorway to Cornwall… home of the spring garden. This was is called ‘Diva’ and was shot on my Canon 6D and processed afterwards with a new ‘toy'; a ‘Topaz’ plugin, that works within my Lightroom software… rather nice colour saturation I think?
Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’
Just been back to re photograph ‘The Old Stocks’ Hotel in Stow on the Wold, nine months after the first shoot… and what a difference! the new owners have completed an amazing transformation, just in time to welcome guests at last weeks Cheltenham Festival. The new ‘Old Stocks’ is contemporary and sharp, with excellent food (to be photographed this week) and stylish rooms, thanks to Interior Designer Jordan Littler… and thanks also to ‘Alias’, Stow’s marketers-supreme for getting me to do the hotel photography. Again. Out with the old and in with the new Old Stocks !
The new ‘Old Stocks’
The older ‘Old Stocks’
Just got back from a great stay in Marrakech and quickly wanted to upload these I did for my Instagram feed… The light (even though its midwinter!) was amazing. These are all off my Iphone 6, but I also shot for my stock libraries and sniffed out some wonderful Riads. El Fenn and Riad L’Orangeraie were beautiful, calm oases in a mad city and a quick beer at either is a lifesaver… and as for Jardin Majorelle, well that was equally stunning. Please follow me on Instagram, and please take a trip to Marrakech!
The light in Marrakech is a photographers dream!
We’re proud to announce that we now offer a new service to interested companies, making short marketing videos. I am working with Billy Bolton, who achieved a first class degree two years ago from London College of Communications, specialising in Video Production. We would be happy to discuss your requirements, and will post some more samples soon. In the mean time, take a look at a recent job for Harbour Hotels group, shot at their rather lovely Salcombe hotel. We have also recently completed work for the very fashionable and distinctly quirky ‘Artsits Residence’ hotel in London. Watch this space!
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These tulips, shot last year at Keukenhof, have amazing colours and shapes that are often the result of mutations in the flower. Keukenhof is an amazing place if you love tulips, and if you get bored there, you can always nip into Amsterdam
Fabulous colours of Parrot and fringed Tulips… shot last year at Keukenhof
“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.”
– Georgia O’Keeffe
I love this! in my other guise, I design camera straps and have a small company called ‘Warbler Camera Straps’… my son, the excellent film maker (I would say that I know!) Billy Bolton, has made this film, entirely with an IPhone and rudimentary software… all in a couple of days whilst away at New Year… please take a look at it, its only short, but isn’t it amazing what you can do nowadays with your phone?! and if you need something similar, get in touch with him via his website…
This film features the ‘Dartford’ strap, which is ideal for the medium sized DSLR, mirrorless or rangefinder camera… in three colours and two fittings… Warbler website here…
There is a rather beautiful Edwardian mansion in Leigh Woods, Bristol, that has recently gone to rack and ruin. It’s situated in the old Botanic Gardens (here’s the new ones), and has always been a subject of fascination to me… I spent much of my early photographic days shooting the fabulous (listed) gardens, and the building loomed over me as I scurried amongst the borders, day after day, photographing what became a substantial library of flower pictures. So I was glad to be asked to shoot a new campaign for the seriously funky furniture company ‘Couch Design‘ inside the building… it’s very dilapidated and set off the rather colourful and contemporary work of the designer, Ian Archer. So, its obvious I know, but it was chic amongst shabby…. Shabby Chic in fact
Furniture Photography for Couch design, in Bristol